Ethel Waters, Hall of Fame singer and actress, died on this date, September 1, 1977.
Some of her most well known recordings were “Stormy Weather,” “Taking a Chance on Love,” “Am I Blue?,” and her rendition of “His Eye Is on the Sparrow.” Waters was the first African American woman to be nominated for an Emmy Award and the second to be nominated for an Academy Award.
Image: NYPL Digital Collections


Dennis Coffey “El Tigre”

- Finger Lickin’ Good (1975)

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Stig Lindberg, textile design, 1950s. NKs Textilkammare, Sweden. via

I want this

Charlie Parker by Herman Leonard, New York City, 1948.

Mad late…

So, I heard the reference to “Gunslinging Bird” in the Cowboy Bebop opening title, “Tank”, but how come I’m just now realizing that the series name, “Cowboy Bebop” is almost a one to one take on song title “Gunslinging Bird”?

How to Block a Surveillance Camera: A DIY Art Tutorial from Ai Weiwei by Maria Popova

A wine opener usage George Orwell would approve of.

“When things get tough,” Neil Gaiman advised on in his fantastic commencement address on the creative life“this is what you should do: Make good art. I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician — make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by a mutated boa constrictor — make good art. IRS on your trail — make good art. Cat exploded — make good art.” One could easily extrapolate, “Big Brother on your ass — make good art.” Amidst recent outcries against the present-day surveillance state we live in, what else is there to do but make good art? Cue in celebrated Chinese artist, provocateur, and human rights championAi Weiwei. From Do It: The Compendium (public library) — the fantastic collection of famous artists’ wide-ranging instructionals for art anyone can make based on 20 years of legendary curator and provocateur Hans Ulrich Obrist’s project of the same title, which also gave us David Lynch’s tutorial on how to make a Ricky Board — comes this antiauthoritarian creative project from Ai Weiwei, a DIY way to stick it — spray it, rather — to Big Brother:



By Patrick A. Reed
Jack Kirby is very probably the single most influential figure in the history of American comics. He produced countless stories in a career that spanned seven decades, inventing and re-inventing genres and styles every step of the way. He inspired generations of artists and writers; created and co-created thousands of characters; defined the visual vocabulary of superheroes; and believed in the potential of comics to be both entertainment and art, long before most people imagined these stories would be remembered past the four weeks that they sat on newsstands.
Today would have been Kirby’s 97th birthday, and to mark the occasion we’ve assembled a series of posts commemorating the life and work of the man known to American comics fans as “The King.”  For this piece, we asked some of our favorite creators and other comics pros to celebrate Jack Kirby with their impressions of his characters, life, and legacy – and we got so many responses, we’ll have another installment of all-star tributes tomorrow!

Part one of the allstar creators tribute to Jack Kirby I put together at ComicsAlliance…  More on the way today!

A drunk man on the street in the South Bronx 1970s